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PubMed Essentials (on-demand)

Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 12 very short video-modules (2-3 minutes each) with interactive exercises built into each video-module so you can explore PubMed at your own pace. PubMed Essentials is an on-demand, online class that is available via Moodle 24/7 (upon registration).

Do I need to register?
Yes, you will need to register for an NNLM account (if you don't already have one). Once you are registered, we will send you a confirmation email. Create an account in Moodle (if you don't already have one) and use the enrollment code from the email and enroll in the Moodle class. After you do that, you will be able to work on the class whenever you have time.

What is this class about?
This class is about PubMed, a free resource that provides access to the National Library of Medicine database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. If you've wondered what disciplines are included in PubMed or how to search for a specific article, this short course is for you.

Who should take this class?
If you are new to PubMed or just want a refresher, this online, self-paced class is for you.

What is the format of the class?
The class is made up of 12 very short video-modules (2-3 minutes each) with interactive exercises built into each video-module so you can explore PubMed at your own pace. PubMed Essentials is an on-demand, online class that is available via Moodle 24/7 (upon registration).

How long does the class take to complete?
The course is designed to take approximately one hour to complete.

How many CE credits does the class offer?
After completing all the modules, you will be eligible to claim 1 MLA CE credit.

Objectives: 

After viewing the 12 video modules and completing the embedded exercises, students will be able to run a PubMed search that retrieves relevant citations.

The module-level objectives are:

  1. Go from MedlinePlus to PubMed journal citations (coming soon)
  2. What’s the scope of PubMed?
  3. Basic subject search
  4. How does subject searching work?
  5. Find a known citation
  6. Find articles written by a specific author
  7. Search for a specific journal title
  8. Obtain the full text of an article
  9. Find a systematic review
  10. Find latest disease treatments
  11. Build a search using MeSH
  12. Create a Collection
  13. Save a PubMed Search
Class Length: 
One hour
Course Owner(s):
Rebecca Brown, MLS, AHIP, Training Development Specialist
Continuing Education:

Upon completion, this class is worth 1 MLA CE credit.

Past Classes

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Upcoming Classes

PubMed Essentials (On Demand) May - October 2019
On Demand
Instructor(s):
Rebecca Brown
PubMed Essentials (On Demand) Colleen Morgan's Class
On Demand
Instructor(s):
Rebecca Brown